The four feathers......movie


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Eric F
August 6, 2009, 03:34 PM
I saw a breif section of the movie where a man was shooting at british infantry. This was in the late 1890's I assume as they were still wearing red coats and had Henery martini rifles. Any wat the bad guy had a trap door rifle of sorts it hinged left to right unlike the springfield trap door rifles which hinged back to front.

So does anyone know what rifle the bad guy had and the caliber?

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W L Johnson
August 6, 2009, 04:04 PM
Check here
http://www.imfdb.org/index.php/Four_Feathers%2C_The

Maybe this one showed on the website
Enfield 1853 with Snider Cartridge Conversion

W L Johnson
August 6, 2009, 04:56 PM
A little something from wikipedia on the Snider-Enfield

The action operates by the shooter cocking the hammer, flipping the block out of the receiver to the right by grasping the left mounted breech block lever, and then pulling the block back to extract the spent case. There is no ejector, the case being lifted out or, more usually, the rifle being rolled onto its back to allow the case to drop out. The rifles are usually marked Mk I, Mk II or Mk III, the Mark IIIs being those with steel barrels and locking latches on the breech blocks in place of the simple integral block lifting tang.

link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snider-Enfield

bonza
August 7, 2009, 09:01 AM
Actually the movie portrayed the British Expeditionary Force of 1884/85. I've seen the movie, but cannot recall the rifle in question but, from your description it sounds like a Snider. The Sniders were originally a breech-loading conversion of the .577 caliber Enfield muzzleloading Rifle-Musket, they were later purpose built (ie not conversions). The rifles chambered the .577 Snider centerfire cartridge.

jackstinson
August 7, 2009, 10:08 AM
Which "Four Feathers"? 1921, 1929 (mmmm Fay Wray), 1939, 1977 made-for-TV, or that horribly slow 2002 remake? Loved the 1939 version....hated the 2002 version.

Eric F
August 7, 2009, 11:00 AM
Yes it is the 1853 Enfiels conversion. I will start a new thread thanks folks.

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